PhD student in Public Health Sciences with orientation towards negative work-related behaviors

Updated: 10 days ago
Deadline: 15 Oct 2020

at the Department of Public Health Sciences . Closing date: 15 October 2020.

The Department of Public Health Sciences is a new department at the Faculty of Social Sciences, with approximately 70 employees. We offer a dynamic, interdisciplinary, and internationally leading research environment. The research is mainly organised around two centres: health inequalities (previously the Centre for Health Equity Studies, CHESS) as well as topics around drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and gambling (previously the Centre for Social Research on Alcohol and Drugs, SoRAD). The department also offers education in public health sciences at the basic, advanced, and doctoral levels.

The doctoral student will be admitted to the doctoral programme at the Department of Public Health Sciences, and employed and placed at the Stress Reseach Institute at the Department of Psychology. The Stress Reseach Institute is an interdispciplinary research environment with strong international collaboration.

Project description
The doctoral student project will be part of the program “Exposure to work-related adverse social behaviors– extended evidence regarding its psychosocial work- and organizational determinants and risk for morbidity and mortality.” This program aims to examine whether exposure to work-related violence/threat of violence, bullying and sexual harassment is related to serious health outcomes and health related behaviors, whether work-related resources can modify these relationships, and whether a range of organizational, workplace- and work characteristics are predictors of exposure.

The doctoral project will focus on work-related violence/threat of violence and/or bullying in relation to poor mental health sickness absence, but also relevance of certain organisational or psychosocial work characteristics, depending on the interest and background of the applicant.

The studies will primarily be based on data from the Swedish Work Environment Surveys (SWES) or the Swedish Longitudinal Occupational Survey of Health (SLOSH), but may also inlcude data from Denmark och Finland. The project is expected to contribute to increased awareness of health consquences of work-related violence/threat of violence and/or bullying and point towards ways to prevent work-related violence/threat of violence and/or bullying.

Qualification requirements
In order to meet the general entry requirements, the applicant must have completed a second-cycle degree, completed courses equivalent to at least 240 higher education credits, of which 60 credits must be in the second cycle, or have otherwise acquired equivalent knowledge in Sweden or elsewhere.

In order to meet the specific entry requirements, the general syllabus for doctoral studies in the field of public health sciences stipulates that applicants must have sufficient knowledge of English to take advantage of the teaching and the course literature. Applicants must also have completed the course requirements concerning quantitative or qualitative methods relevant for Public Health Sciences comprising of at least 7.5 higher education credits at the advanced level.

The entry requirements can also be met if the applicant has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge either in Sweden or abroad. Whether such knowledge meets the specified requirements is decided upon by the Director of Studies for the doctoral programme in Public Health Sciences, and the final decision is made by the Head of Department.

The qualification requirements must be met by the deadline for applications.

The selection among the eligible candidates will be based on their capacity to benefit from the training. The following criteria will be used to assess this capacity:

  • Subject-specific knowledge of relevance to Public Health Sciences.
  • Subject-specific knowledge of relevance to the research project to which the employment is linked.
  • Independence in the analysis and planning of previous scholarly work.
  • Scholarly stringency and quality of previous work and of the outline of the research plan.
  • The ability to communicate and collaborate.

Meritorious experiences/knowledge of specific relevance for the research project:

  • Good analytical skills with focus on quantitative methods
  • Knowledge about methods for analysis of longitudinal data
  • Good knowledge of statistical programs, preferably Stata or SAS.
  • Documented experience of working in a scientific environment.
  • Publishing in scientific journals.

Admission Regulations for Doctoral Studies at Stockholm University are available at: and regulations .

Terms of employment
Only a person who will be or has already been admitted to a third-cycle programme may be appointed to a doctoral studentship.

The term of the initial contract may not exceed one year. The employment may be extended for a maximum of two years at a time. However, the total period of employment may not exceed the equivalent of four years of full-time study.

Doctoral students should primarily devote themselves to their own education, but may engage in teaching, research, and administration corresponding to a maximum of 20 % of a full-time position.

Please note that admission decisions cannot be appealed.

Stockholm University strives to be a workplace free from discrimination and with equal opportunities for all.

For more information about the position, please contact associate professor Linda Magnusson Hanson, telephone: +46 8 5537 89 16, .

For more infomration about doctoral studies, please contact the Director of Studies at the doctoral level Peter Larm, telephone +46 8 674 79 67, .  

Union representatives
Ingrid Lander (Saco-S), telephone: +46 708 16 26 64, , Alejandra Pizarro Carrasco (Fackförbundet ST/Lärarförbundet), telephone: +46 8 16 34 89, ,  (SEKO), and PhD student representative, .

Apply for the PhD student position at Stockholm University's recruitment system. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the application is complete in accordance with the instructions in the job advertisement, and that it is submitted before the deadline.

Please include the following information with your application

  • Your contact details and personal data
  • Your highest degree
  • Your language skills
  • Contact details for 2–3 references

and, in addition, please include the following documents

  • Cover letter
  • CV – degrees and other completed courses, work experience and a list of degree projects/theses
  • Project proposal/Research proposal (no more than 3 pages) describing:
    – why you are interested in the field/project described in the advertisement
    – why and how you wish to complete the project
  • Degree certificates and grades confirming that you meet the general and specific entry requirements (no more than 6 files)
  • Letters of recommendation (no more than 6 files)
  • Degree projects/theses (no more than 6 files).

The instructions for applicants are available at: How to apply for a position .

You are welcome to apply!

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Closing date: 15/10/2020

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